About Ian Bushnell

Ian Bushnell is a career journalist and a former News Editor and Chief of Reporting staff at The Canberra Times, where he was at the centre of some of the capital’s biggest stories.

A Canberra resident since 1995, he and his partner have raised three children here and takes a keen interest in politics, urban development, health, education and sustainability issues.

He has found Canberra to be the most liveable city in Australia, and that it’s a reputation worth fighting for.

He enjoys the ACT’s bush environment and its rich cultural offerings including music, theatre and sport, although as a Collingwood supporter the Giants will always be that other Sydney team.

A lover of fine reds, he believes Canberra is blessed to have so many great wineries on our doorstep.

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Region Media among the winners in Public Interest News Gathering grants
Region Media has successfully accessed a grant via the Federal Government's Public Interest News Gathering program, which is designed to assist media businesses serving regional and remote parts of Australia. The grants come at a time when the future of many regional news mastheads remains uncertain. A total of 107 publishers and broadcasters will share the $50 million in Federal funding...
AI tool gives tech pioneer Castlepoint keys to the data kingdom
A home-grown IT start-up that is pioneering the management of records using artificial intelligence is poised to spread its wings overseas after rapid growth in Australia. CEO Rachel Greaves and partner and Chief Technology Officer Gavin McKay launched Castlepoint Systems about 18 months ago. Since then the company has grown from just them to a 16-strong outfit with 20 clients...
Caution urged on remote witnessing of documents during COVID-19 restrictions
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Lawyers have been urged to be cautious when using a new temporary law that allows the remote or virtual witnessing of legal documents such as wills and power of attorney in the current pandemic environment. The new law makes it more convenient to progress legal matters when clients are averse to face-to-face meetings due to fears of contracting COVID-19 but...
Barr’s $137 million COVID-19 stimulus package: what you will get
The ACT Government's $137 million coronavirus stimulus package announced today includes rebates on residential rates to help ease cashflow pressures for Canberra households, and a freeze on a number of government fees and charges. ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the economic survival package was the first phase in the Government's plan to protect as many jobs as possible and...
Stimulus will need more in the budget and a post-election mini-budget as well, says Barr
An ACT coronavirus economic stimulus package this week will be augmented by more measures in the June budget, followed by a mini-budget after the October election, no matter who wins government. Chief Minister Andrew Barr is in the process of framing the stimulus package which will be aimed at providing relief for affected businesses, keeping people in jobs and bringing...
ACT businesses call for long-term government skills plan
A long-term plan to develop skills and training and more infrastructure spending in business districts outside of the CBD and town centres top the list of concerns revealed in a Canberra Business Chamber survey of their members. Businesses also back the Chamber's call for a dedicated ACT Government Minister for Business and a single business advice agency to make it...
Canberra AI firm wins Commonwealth grant for biosecurity solution
A Canberra tech firm has won a $1 million Commonwealth grant to apply its artificial intelligence product to help protect Australia from biosecurity threats at the point of entry on the nation's docks. Deakin-based Trellis Data is one of six businesses granted $1 million each under the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) to develop their solutions. Trellis's AI product...
Outlook has ACT’s ‘standout economy’ set for more bumper growth
Going into an election year, the latest economic forecast for the ACT would have Chief Minister Andrew Barr smiling at what could be seen as an endorsement of his government's policy direction. The Deloitte Access Economics Business Outlook for December calls the ACT the "little territory that could", defying the national downturn and recording its largest-ever share of the national...
New hub aims for $1b boost to region’s produce exports in five years
A new service to help small and medium-sized food producers in the region become exporters has been launched in Canberra. Not-for-profit Agribusiness Regional Development Association (ARDA) says the Capital Region Export Hub (CREH) aims to boost the export value of businesses in the Capital Region and Southern NSW by $1 billion by 2025. It says the end-to-end service will help small and...
Business Chamber board diversifies with three new faces
Canberra Business Chamber has elected three new directors to its board after its recent round of board elections and appointments. The new faces come from the broadcasting, community service and arts retail sectors, reflecting a wide spectrum of business activity. They are Canberra FM general manager Craig Wagstaff, Lifeline Canberra CEO Carrie Leeson and owner and co-founder of Scott Leggo...
UNSW Canberra launches new collaboration space for defence and technology businesses
University of NSW Canberra has taken the next step in expanding its presence in the national capital with the opening on Northbourne Avenue of a new collaborative workspace dedicated to the defence, technology and security industries. Called, appropriately enough, Launch on Northbourne, it will bring together industry, government and academia with three floors of secure workspaces, private offices, meeting and presentation rooms...
Canberra AI pioneer Seeing Machines wins national export award
ACT tech firm Seeing Machines has gone all the way and taken out the Technology and Innovation category in the Australian Export Awards, announced on Tuesday night at Parliament House. In October, Seeing Machines was named ACT Exporter of the Year. The company's artificial intelligence (AI) based safety technology pioneered in Canberra is being incorporated into Advanced Driver Assistance Systems...
Canberra plumbing firm takes national Telstra Business Award
ACT plumbing firm Water Tight Canberra has scooped the 2019 Telstra Business Award for Australia’s top Small and Succeeding business. Announced on Thursday night, the awards, now in their 27th year, celebrate and showcase Australia’s best in business. Of the 21,000 companies that entered this year, only four were selected as national winners. The Telstra Awards said Water Tight won...
Fyshwick finds its voice with new business association
Concerns about waste and recycling proposals in Fyshwick may have been a catalyst but the new Fyshwick Business Association has been a long time coming for the evolving light industrial and retail district in Canberra's south. The increasingly eclectic suburb has seen proposals for a waste and recycling facility and metal recycling, and the approval of a rail freight depot, all...
Businesses urge brake on commercial rate rises
Phillip small business owner Terry Patat has a rates message for Chief Minister Andrew Barr - enough is enough. His commercial rates bill is becoming a crushing burden, with a 76 per cent increase in the past three years enough to make him consider heading across the border after 30 years trading as Pedders Suspension and Brakes in Salamander Court....
Lights out soon for iconic Fyshwick business
When Dennis Barnes flicks the switch for the last time at Fyshwick's Southside Lighting at the end of the month, it will mean the end of a Canberra institution and one of the capital's great business stories. "I've done my 44 and a half years apprenticeship so I figure it's time to bail out,'' the 72-year-old former sparky says. Southside...